TU Law Students Get Behind-the-Scenes Look at Federal Criminal Law

Friday, February 26, 2010

(This article was updated on May 7, 2010)

The Honorable Claire V. Eagan, Chief United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, hosted 14 students from The University of Tulsa College of Law during the spring 2010 semester for the Criminal Law Practicum.

The practicum, which Eagan designed, met every Friday from January 22 to April 9. It introduced law students to the real-life practice of law within the federal court system. The class studied a fictitious trial from indictment through post-sentencing motions and appeals. Sessions were held at the U.S. District Court in Tulsa.

Eagan said her motivation for creating the practicum was to expose talented law students to the various elements of the federal court process in hopes of encouraging them to choose federal law as a career. This was the second year she hosted the practicum in partnership with the TU College of Law.

Law school officials said the practicum is a unique opportunity to study law in the federal court system, which most law schools are not able to offer.

Along with instruction from Eagan, the practicum included presentations from many of the contributors to a federal trial, including:
•  The Honorable Frank H. McCarthy, Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma,
•  Julia O’Connell, Federal Public Defender for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma,
•  Stephen J. Knorr, Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney and former Federal Public Defender,
•  Timothy Faerber, Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma,
•  Larry Morris, Senior United States Probation Officer, and
•  Nicholas Haugen, Permanent Law Clerk for Eagan.

Jimmy Hart